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Beta testers wanted for Telldus Live! mobile (iOS)

We are now finishing the re-write on our app and we need your help to test it.
Right now there are no new features. We've changed the framework used by the app and basically built it again from scratch.
We're now inviting iOS users to test the app. We really care about having active testers, make sure you have some time available to play with the app and to provide feedback.
Sometimes beta softwares are not stable. If you (or your family) prefers to have a stable setup at all time - you better don’t get into BETA testing.
Please sign up here.

ASUS™ AiProtection reports suspicious networking behavior from TellStick

Some users have been reporting their (ASUS™) routers reports suspicious networking behavior from TellStick. The router alerts that TellStick tries to connect to a suspicious server on the internet.

The alert looks similar to this:

Alert type : Infected Device Prevention and Blocking Source : (AC:CA:54:XX:YY:ZZ) Destination : 193.11.114.43

RT-AC87U’s AiProtection detected suspicious networking behavior and prevented your device making a connection to a malicious website

These types of reports should always be treated seriously. It could be a sign that one of your devices on your network is infected with a malware.

tl;dr

If you aren't interested in the technical description below you can safely ignore this warning. The warning is a false positive.

The technical…

Upon inspection of the captured packets, the IP address reported (193.11.114.43) was not found in the communication of the gateway and the Internet, suggesting the infected source was not on the gateway.

Upon further inspection on the frequent traffic, it was found that NTP accounted for most of the traffic when the gateway is in idle mode. Cross checking with the search results on Google on this IP address indicated it once belonged to the pool of NTP servers under pool.ntp.org.

Querying the IP address via NTP Statistics confirms this IP address was indeed part of the ntp pool machines.

However, a reverse DNS lookup on the same IP yielded a different domain name: tor1.msfnet.se.

root@mangocrap:/var/lib/misc# nslookup 193.11.114.43
Server:		192.168.1.1
Address:	192.168.1.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
43.114.11.193.in-addr.arpa	name = tor1.mdfnet.se.

Authoritative answers can be found from:

A DNS lookup in tor1.msfnet.se however revealed no associated IP address,:

root@mangocrap:/var/lib/misc# nslookup tor1.mdfnet.se
Server:		192.168.1.1
Address:	192.168.1.1#53

** server can't find tor1.mdfnet.se: NXDOMAIN

suggesting this is a stale record of the reverse DNS lookup.

The ASUS AiProtection works by querying a third party service (WRS database provided by Trend Micro™) on a suspicious IP address to determine if it is a malicious host.

Looking from this case, it is reasonable to believe either ASUS or Trend Micro uses reverse DNS lookup for the domain name and match it with the list of malicious hosts. In practice, since domain names can be binded to different IP addresses at different time intervals, the IPS mechanism shall not only rely on domain names but also verify using the IP address for malicious host detection in order to reduce false positives.

In conclusion, the IP address that was associated with a malicious web site was being reused as one of the NTP machines in pool.ntp.org for serving network time, the reverse DNS lookup still shows that IP address is being associate with the malicious web site, thus triggering a false positive in the AiProtection mechanism, resulting in the security alert given from the ASUS router. To mitigate, suggest user to report to ASUS on this false positive, and if the router have a whitelist function, add this IP address to the whitelist so that the router will stop generating alerts for this IP address.

Lua-script for sirens



We've just pushed Lua scripts to enable controlling different sounds on the sirens from AeonLabs, CoolCam and Philio (and also D-Link that is same device as Philio) from dummy devices. The siren()-function can of course be used in other ways as well.

 https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-lua-examples/blob/master/zwave/AeonLabs/Siren.lua

 https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-lua-examples/blob/master/zwave/CoolCam/Siren.lua

 https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-lua-examples/blob/master/zwave/Philio/Siren.lua

  • Posted: 2017-06-12 10:47 (Updated: 2017-06-12 11:04)
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Small update on sensor history



Just would like you to know that we just pushed a small design update to the sensor history.

Beta testers wanted for Telldus Live! mobile

We are now finishing the re-write on our app and we need your help to test it.
Right now there are no new features. We've changed the framework used by the app and basically built it again from scratch.
We're now inviting Android users to test the app. We really care about having active testers, make sure you have some time available to play with the app and to provide feedback.
Sometimes beta softwares are not stable. If you (or your family) prefers to have a stable setup at all time - you better don’t get into BETA testing.
Please sign up here.

IFTTT to the people!

A while ago, we released our IFTTT channel for our PRO users. Now it's time to launch it for all our Live! users. With IFTTT, you can connect a variety of online services such as Spotify and Philips Hue with each other. The possibilities are endless.

Read more about IFTTT  here.

Telldus Live! in Norwegian

Finally! - Telldus Live! is now available in Norwegian!

If you see any strange translations, please let us know.

Philio (and D-Link) multisound siren

The Siren from Philio (PSE02) is sold as a multi sound device, but to make it play other sounds it has to receive a NOTIFICATION_REPORT. This report is normally sent out from a sensor such as a PIR or door/window-sensor. That means it's possible to e.g. play a Door Chime sound when a door/window-sensor is opened.
When sending a SWITCH_BINARY_SET (which is the default command that will be sent to this device from TellStick ZNet) will only make it play the default emergency sound.
In order to play other sounds, a NOTIFICATION_REPORT has to be sent out from TellStick - that can be done from a Lua-script.
We've put together a script that can send out the NOTIFICATION_REPORT when a device (or dummy-device) is turned on, it's available here:  https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-lua-examples/blob/master/zwave/Philio/Siren.lua

Testers wanted for TellStick plugins

Previously we hinted about more hackability and features in our new generation TellStick. It is now time for the next step, plugins.

With plugins you will be able to extend the functionality of your TellStick even further.

TellStick already supports a great amount of both Z-Wave and 433-devices already, but it is possible to integrate other types of devices available over the network. How does support for Philips Hue, Netatmo, Sonos, and Eliq sound?

We are ready for real world testing of plugins for TellStick ZNet Lite (v1/v2) and TellStick Net v2 and need you to help us test it.

The beta test is open for Pro users only. Sign up here.

Do you want to develop your own plugin? Please  contact us and we will help you setup.

Initially we have created the following plugins for you to test.

http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Eliq-1.0.png
Import  Eliq energy data into Telldus Live!
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Lifx-1.0.png
Plugin that allows you to control  Lifx bulbs.
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Mail_sender-1.0.png
Send emails from lua scripts
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Netatmo_Weather-1.0.png
Use  Netatmo weather station in Telldus Live!
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Philips_Hue-1.0.png
Control  Philips Hue lights
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Pushover-1.0.png
 Pushover makes it easy to get real-time notifications
on your Android, iPhone, iPad, and
Desktop (Pebble, Android Wear, and Apple watches, too!)
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Plugin that allows you to control  Sonos speakers
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/SqueezeBox-1.0.png
Plugin to control  Logitech Squeezebox from TellStick
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/TP-Link-1.0.png
Plugin that allows you to control  TP-Link HS100/HS110
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/Verisure-1.0.png
Plugin to read status from a  Verisure Alarm
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/WeMo-1.0.png
Control  WEMO Insight
http://fw.telldus.com/plugins/YR_Weather-1.0.png
Import weatherdata from the current location from  yr.no

How about the source code for the plugins? It's available here:
 https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-server-plugins

We're hiring!

We are looking for a frontend developer to our office in Lund, please read more here:

 http://telldus.se/rekrytering-frontend_lund/

  • Posted: 2017-03-21 08:26
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Looking for translators

Each day more people from all over the world are discovering Telldus Live! We want Telldus Live! to be as welcoming as possible for everyone. That's why we want Telldus Live! to be available in your language. Maybe you can help us with this? If you are interested in translating Telldus Live!, we can offer you a Pro subscription for a year, and continuing as long as you keep the translations up to date.

We are now especially looking for translations into Norwegian, Finnish and German, but other languages are also of interest.

Telldus Live! is already available in English, Swedish, French, Polish, Croatian and Danish.

If this sounds like something for you, please write to fredrik.gullberg@…

Release of Telldus IFTTT channel

We are about to release the IFTTT channel. It will hopefully be released at the end of next week, if all remaining tests performed by IFTTT will pass.

We will initially only release this for Pro users. Non pro users will have access to the IFTTT channel in may 2017.

FAQ:
Q: My triggers are delayed before they are executed.
A: This is due to how IFTTT works. IFTTT is requesting the status from our servers regularly. This means that the trigger can be up to one hour delayed.

Q: My sensor triggers are not triggered
A: To get sensor triggers to work the sensor must have history enabled on it. Try enabling history on the sensor first.

Q: My triggers are triggering twice
A: The triggers from IFTTT are requesting the device/sensor history. If the sensor have reported a value twice since last update the trigger will also trigger twice

Q: My sensor trigger is constantly triggering while the temperature is above the threshold. I am getting a lot of notifications!
A: For each value the sensor is over the threshold the trigger will continue to trigger. For a notification that only fires once, please use regular events instead.

Update: The channel is now released.

Make sure your Christmas tree does not run out of water

We've put together a Lua script to make sure your christmas tree doesn't run out of water! Watch it on GitHub:  ChristmasTree.lua

Use Aeon Labs Minimote

The Aeon Labs Minimote is a nice looking remote control for Z-Wave devices. It might be a little hard to understand the manual and the scenes and associations described though.

This remote control does not support normal association where the main controller can set the nodes in association groups. Instead this is done on the remote control itself.

The remote control can only control devices that uses Switch Multilevel and Switch Binary, that means most dimmer and most on/off devices.

To make this device control other devices set it up by following these steps:

  1. Include it into the Z-Wave network: Add a new device in Telldus Live! Press the Learn-button on the remote control
  1. Press and hold the button you like to configure - the blue led will flash after 1 sec.
  1. While still holding the button, make the device you want to control send out it's Node Information Frame. The blue led will stay steady blue.
  1. Set the dimmer level or the on/off-state you want the button to set.
  1. Release the button.

The TellStick roadmap

Last year we announced two new TellStick. One to be released shortly after the announcement and one to be released later (at an unkown date). The first one (TellStick ZNet Lite) was release but the second (TellStick ZNet Pro) has still not yet been released. Let us explain what has happened since the announcement what the current roadmap looks like.

Let's first start with some history. When we decided to work with Z-Wave we needed some new hardware because TellStick Net cannot support Z-Wave since it lacks the required radio hardware. We wanted to create two new TellStick. One with a good price that would fit most of our users and one for our (hard)core users, a.k.a. "the hackers". To create an affordable product you need to compromise with the hardware. To keep the cost down you cannot add a lot of flash, ram, cpu and other goodies. Instead you need to keep it to what you really need and then optimize the software for this. This kind of product is not ideal for hackes since it can be quite limiting. This is the reason we started working on a Pro model. A model with more CPU, more flash, more RAM, and more other fun hardware upgrades that would benefit hackers.

At the announcement last year the Lite model was almost finished. We were ready to start selling but the Pro model was still on the drawing board. Some prototypes where made but not more than that. Since the development was in such early state we could not give you an estimated time for when TellStick ZNet Lite Pro would be released.

During the year we have trying to find a manufacturing partner for TellStick ZNet Pro. We found that all the goodies we put into the product made it either too hard to produce or to costly. The end price was going to be way to high.

A common misconception was that the difference between TellStick ZNet Lite and TellStick ZNet Pro was that Lite hade only 433 transmitting and Pro had both receiving and transmitting. Even though this is true it was not our goal. We believed the users for the new gateways where users wanting to fully adopt Z-Wave. Since we could add 433 transmitting without affecting the end price too much we thought it was a good idea to add that as well. We where wrong. You clearly wanted both Z-Wave and full 433 receiving and transmitting!

So, we needed to rethink.

First we needed to upgrade TellStick ZNet Lite with receiving 433 capabilities. We will release an updated version in September or October or November 2016.

Secondly, since we have developed both 433 receiving and transmitting for TellStick ZNet (which is a completely different hardware platform from TellStick Net) we got an idea. We removed Z-Wave from it and will release it as an upgrade to TellStick Net. TellStick Net v2 will have the same capabilities as TellStick Net but also a lot of extras from the TellStick ZNet family. Such as:

So, what about TellStick ZNet Pro? Unfortunately this project is currently on hold. We need to redesign this to be able to have the correct control of the quality during production at the right price. We have some experiments and prototypes but this is still far from production ready. Please don't ask us when it will be ready because at the moment we cannot answer. There is still way to many factors. Ideally 2017 but it could also be 2018.

So, you may ask "what about the hackability?"? Since TellStick ZNet Pro is so far away we have been investigating the possibilities for hackability in TellStick ZNet Lite. We are going to open it up for you to add your own code. Actually, the Lua scripting was the first step for this. But I am not going to tell you anyting more about this now, it for future blog posts... ;)

If patient then success. Finally Telldus+IFTTT=True!

One of the most requested features we get is to connect to the popular service IFTTT. For a long time we have tried to convince IFTTT to connect their awsome service with us. They never replied so we asked you, our users, to also ask them. Our plan was that when enough people requesting Telldus support they might listen. And they did!

We are very pleased to announce that Telldus is getting a channel in IFTTT!

What is IFTTT? IFTTT is a service that allows many different services to communicate with each other. That means Telldus products will be able to control any other service also connected with IFTTT. At the moment I am writing this IFTTT has support for over 300 channels. So at once you can combine Telldus products with Philips Hue, SmartThings, Netatmo, Nest, and more!

What can I do? You can do a lot. But here is some examples to get your imagination going:

  • When an astronaut enters space, ring my bell.
  • When I plug in my phone to the charger at night, turn off all lights in the house.
  • Log my sensor data to a Google spreadsheet.
  • When someone rings on my doorbell, tweet about it.
  • When I leave home, lock my door.

Since we are still developing this channel we are not yet ready to launch it yet. But we would really like to have some testers. We have reserved 50 spots in a beta test for this. Since there is limited number of spots in this test they will be reserved for Pro users.

Introducing Lua script for TellStick ZNet Lite

Using the Telldus Live! Events it is possible to create some really advanced scenarios. But sometimes this is not enough. To extend the possibilities further we are announcing Lua scripting support for TellStick ZNet Lite.

What us Lua?

Lua is a powerful, efficient, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. This means you can extend the functionality in TellStick ZNet Lite with your own code. Is can be as simple as turning a light on or off or maybe you want the adjust the reported value from a sensor? Maybe you want to use a wind sensor to calculate the real perceived temperature from a sensor? This can all be done with some simple Lua scripting.

How can I test it?

Currently we are working on documentation and examples for you. We need help with this. Please use the comments below and tell us what kind of script you would like to see. We will later open up the beta to everyone who wants to try once this is finished.

Telldus and iOS 10

It's that time of year again, we're listening to our favourite music whilst we're testing out iOS 10. We're pleased to say that Telldus Live! mobile works like a charm so we can focus on implementing new features.

We'd love to know what you think of the upcoming releases that Apple announced yesterday. Is there something you'd like us to implement? We'd like Apple watch and today widget support...we're working on that! Opening up Siri is great, but Apple decided to not support home automation commands outside of their homekit system. So we can't fix voice control for your home yet :(

http://developer.telldus.com/raw-attachment/blog/2016/06/14/ios10/ios10.jpg

Push Notifications in Telldus Live mobile!

We are very excited to announce a brand new feature for the Telldus Live! mobile app: Push Notifications as an action to an event! Initially this is available only to Pro members, though will be released to all users after the summer. To add a push notification to an event, visit  http://live.telldus.com

Please contact our support if you encounter any issues or have questions about this or any other feature in our products.

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Local API for TellStick ZNet Lite now in public beta

Our TellStick ZNet local api tests for TellStick ZNet Lite is going well. Most of the known issues has been fixed so it is time to invite everyone to this test.

Since version 1.0.8 in TellStick ZNet Lite the local API is included by default. Please note that this is still in beta and anyting can change before the final version.

The documentation for the local api can be found here:  http://api.telldus.net/localapi/api.html

We have tried to mimic the same API as the Telldus cloud API. This to help you port any existing application. The documentation for the individual calls can also be found in Telldus Live! api explorer found here:  http://api.telldus.com/explore/index

The user matzh have started a forum thread that you may follow and discuss this.  http://www.telldus.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5887

Have fun!